WASHINGTON – As he took to the floor of the U.S. Senate on Monday evening, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) lambasted his Congressional colleagues for taking no action in the wake of continued mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas that left 59 dead and more than 500 injured.
Murphy demanded that Congress take immediate action to pass comprehensive gun safety reforms – such as expanding background checks and closing the terrorist watch list loophole – to reduce gun violence.
“We have become normalized and regularized to 50 people losing their lives. This is a uniquely American problem,” said Murphy. “I want my colleagues to understand the pain that comes when the victims of this kind of epidemic violence see nothing but silence from this body. The hurt is deep, the scars are wide in Newtown, but they are made wider by the fact that this body, in four-and-a-half years, has done absolutely nothing to reduce the likelihood of another mass shooting. There's an unintentional endorsement that gets sent to these mass murderers when after slaughter after slaughter, Congress does nothing.”
“If the greatest deliberative body in the world doesn't act to condemn [this violence] through policy change, it starts to look and feel like complicity,” continued Murphy. “I hope in the coming days we can come together, Republicans and Democrats, to start talking about at the very least some baby steps to show the people of Las Vegas, to show the people of Orlando, to show my constituents, my friends in Sandy Hook, that silence is no longer an option.”
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